Issue #34 – Summer 2018: THE BIG FLAT NOW

How to Be Everywhere, Anytime, and Everyone at Once

We regret to inform you that there is no future. Nor is there a past. Music, art, technology, pop culture, and fashion have evaporated as well. There is only one thing left: THE BIG FLAT NOW.

For 032c’s Issue 34, we offer 12 theses for consumption and creativity in the infinite present, rendered by Peruvian graphic designer JONATHAN CASTRO. An expert at the multi-disciplinary, rapper TRAVIS SCOTT expounds his love of fans and fatherhood from the driveway of his Texan Lamborghini horse ranch. Gucci’s creative director ALESSANDRO MICHELE explains the origin of his magic mushroom and the meaning of time, while performance artist and WorldWideWitch community creator JOHANNES PAUL RAETHER introduces us to his many selves. Nonagenarian and artist LUCHITA HURTADO, who once had her feet massaged by Marcel Duchamp, looks back on a century of modern art in conversation with HANS ULRICH OBRIST, while London-based art and car collector KENNY SCHACHTER takes us on a tour of his home / art studio / garage. Photographer WOLFGANG TILLMANS sends in personal dispatches from his debut exhibition in Kinshasa, and we visit the COSMIC COMMUNITIES who used outer space and psychedelia as tools for sexual liberation. Elsewhere, Alyx’s MATTHEW WILLIAMS and NIKE test the post-human frontiers of apparel design, documented in an editorial by NICK KNIGHT. Italian supermodel MARIACARLA BOSCONO lives out fetish fantasies, and PETRA COLLINS and PIERRE-ANGE CARLOTTI pledge themselves to one another “Forever.” Anti-heartthrob actor VOLKER BRUCH gets bloody-eyed while considering his transatlantic fame. We speak to RICH THE KID about his perfect day, and hang with BROCKHAMPTON, TREVOR PAGLEN, BRIA VINAITE, and TAKAHIRO MIYASHITA.

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We are everywhere, anytime, and everyone at once. THE BIG FLAT NOW is the infinite plane on which our culture operates, a surface of old genres and hierarchies that have been melted by the internet. For this issue’s dossier, Peruvian graphic designer JONATHAN CASTRO creates a visual representation of this fiber-optic landscape, Joerg Koch, Thom Bettridge, and Lucas Mascatello present 12 theses on the new paradigm, and JACK SELF unpacks the meaning of “Power, Flatness, and Nowness in the Third Millennium.”

Radicalizing the youth of America from his Texan ranch, rapper and producer TRAVIS SCOTT talks riots, rage and fatherhood to 032c’s Thom Bettridge, before setting up chemical experiments for an editorial styled by BLOODY OSIRIS and photographed by RAY POLANCO JR ahead of his new album Astroworld.

According to ALESSANDRO MICHELE, love can be found in a magic mushroom and meeting God is best done in something glittery. MICHAEL EBERT and SVEN MICHAELSEN visited the creative director in Rome to understand the Book of Gucci from the perspective of its author.

A suspicion of lenses and shutters has existed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since photography was outlawed by former dictator Mobutu Sese Seko in 1965. For his first exhibition on the African continent, artist and photographer WOLFGANG TILLMANS visited the DRC’s capital Kinshasa, and documents the project in images and text for this issue.

97-year-old LUCHITA HURTADO is the last Surrealist: muse, artist, traveler, mother, and butterfly. She counted Peggy Guggenheim, Marcel Duchamp, and Leonora Carrington among her circle of friends and is currently in an “orange period.” HANS ULRICH OBRIST visits Hurtado and might just be the only one to listen during “the end of the world.”

Ikea normalcy. Utero-capitalism. Asphyxiation under Apple. Performance artist and androgynous anarchist JOHANNES PAUL RAETHER finds his way by means of a community of beings ordered under the umbrella term of WorldWideWitch – a coven founded to free humanity from technological enslavement. Journalist Oliver Körner von Gustorf gets acquainted with Transformalor, Protektorama, and Schwarmwesen.

American art and car collector KENNY SCHACHTER considers himself a “commercial philosopher.” In a profile for 032c, he welcomes Thomas Jeppe into his object-filled Kensington home to hear a career’s worth of confessions: beatings, car-shaped coffins, and life lessons from Rosemarie Trockel.

What happens when radicals disappear into outer space? From the George Circle and Ugrino Group to the sound experiments of Sun Ra and Karl Stockhausen, Olivia Crough interviews DIEDRICH DIEDERICHSEN and profiles the COSMIC COMMUNITIES that rocketed through the  twentieth century with dreams of coming out in outer space.

Babylon Berlin anti-heartthrob and actor VOLKER BRUCH discusses fame and time travel over lunch with 032c’s Eva Kelley, before roaming the capital’s darkest corners in an editorial photographed by BRUNO STAUB and styled by 032c Fashion Director Marc Goehring.

In the editorial “PETRA + PIERRE FOREVER,” styled by 032c’s fashion-editor-at-large Mel Ottenberg, photographers PETRA COLLINS and PIERRE-ANGE CARLOTTI re-imagine each other as voyeurs.

Roman icon and this issue’s cover star MARIACARLA BOSCONO explores latex vacuums and consensual suspension with photographer THOMAS LOHR for the editorial “I do it exceptionally well, I do it so it feels like hell,” styled by 032c’s Marc Goehring.

What happens when sportswear is designed by big data? Photographer NICK KNIGHT tested the aesthetics of the Nike x Matthew M Williams Training Collection and Thom Bettridge spoke to Nike VP of Apparel KURT PARKER and Alyx founder MATTHEW WILLIAMS about the post-human frontiers of sportswear design.

In the “SSENSE Files,” we bring you scenes of cross-platform madness, including stories with RICH THE KID, TAKAHIRO MIYASHITO, NIÑXS, LUCIE and LUKE MEIER, BROCKHAMPTON, BILLIE EILISH, TREVOR PAGLEN and BRIA VINAITE.

In this issue’s “SOCIÉTÉ de 032c”, we admire the Bangkok skyline by night with photographer JONAS LINDSTROEM, consider the delicate art of ikebana with HAN LE HAN, sample fried fish with Jamaican models JANNEL DUNCAN and CHRISTINE WILLIS, read under dragon light with artist TOBIAS SPICHTIG in Belgrade, and receive Atlantan advice on hash-induced paranoia from 21 SAVAGE. (Spoiler alert: “Keep smoking.”)

And last, but by no means least, “BERLIN REVIEW” brings you a selection of our favorite books published this season. We reconsider the work of architectural colossus JOHN PORTMAN, send a love letter to CLAUDIA SCHIFFER, flip through the history and future of nightclub design as chronicled by VITRA, visit the sites of architects’ graves, do donuts in the white cube, and present you 032c’s first review of rocks.

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